OAKLAND -- A cleaning crew was still mopping the floor of the Coliseum home dugout as A's manager Bob Melvin settled in for his pre-game meeting with reporters this morning. If you haven't heard, a sewage problem cropped up in the dugout bathroom during the A's 2-1 win over the Angels on Tuesday night, prompting players and coaches to move onto to the steps of the dugout for the latter part of the game.
Jed Lowrie was quoted afterward as saying the situation was "kind of repulsive," though Melvin said today the A's mostly met the backup with humor. "I think we to an extent got a kick out of it," Melvin said. "It just made me move out of a superstitious spot more than anything else."
Melvin found a new spot, from which he watched Josh Donaldson's walk-off hit. So maybe something positive came out of that after all.
Lowrie is back in the lineup today after missing the past two games with a sore right hamstring. Daric Barton gets the start at first base over Nate Freiman against Angels left-hander Jason Vargas. Melvin said that's in part because of Vargas' splits this season -- righties are hitting .256 against him, lefties are batting .347 and have a higher slugging percentage (.458 to .428).
Here's the full A's lineup against Vargas:
And the Angels' lineup against A.J. Griffin:
* Melvin said it's still a possibility that Yoenis Cespedes could receive a cortisone shot in his right shoulder, where an MRI showed tendinitis, but no decision has been made yet. Cespedes still is not throwing.
* Asked if he might consider giving Ryan Cook an extended rest in light of Cook's recent struggles, Melvin said the only reason he'd make a point of resting Cook would be if he felt the reliever was fatigued. Otherwise, he said, he's inclined to let Cook work through a rough patch as both Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour did earlier in the year.
* It's looking increasingly like, barring any injuries or other unforeseen circumstances, Brett Anderson will be remaining in the bullpen for the rest of the season. The rotation has rounded out with the emergence of Sonny Gray and with Dan Straily pitching well.
"I think part of the reasoning in potentially stretching Brett out was if we'd had some hiccups there and we needed to have him replace somebody," Melvin said. "But that's not the case right now."
* Reliever Dan Otero, who rejoined the A's on Tuesday after flying to Arizona to be with his wife for the birth of their first child, gave this scouting report on Kinsley Otero: 21 inches, 7 pounds and 4 ounces, and Mom doing fine. Otero said they'll remain in Arizona for now, meaning he likely won't see his newborn again until the offseason. Otero wanted to get back to the team, but said it wasn't easy to leave.
"It was hard just putting her down," he said.
* The A's will try to win this series and trim a little more off their magic number for the postesason today behind A.J. Griffin, who has won his last four starts and is tied for sixth in the American League with 14 wins.
-- Matt Kawahara